Cyndi Lauper will be the first ever recipient of the United Nations High Note Global Prize award, recognizing her work to end homelessness among LGBTQ youth.
The award was created by the UN to reward artists who use their music and platform to champion social justice issues. Lauper’s charity True Colors United began in 2008.
According to True Colors,
“LGBTQ young people are 120 per cent more likely to experience homelessness than all other youth… Through a wide array of advocacy, training and education, youth collaboration, and technical assistance programs, True Colors United implements innovative solutions to youth homelessness that focus on the unique experiences of LGBTQ young people.”
The award will be presented to Lauper by Kesha at the annual ‘Cyndi Lauper & Friends: Home for the Holidays‘ benefit concert on Human Rights Day, Tuesday, December 10.
The concert this year feature artists like King Princess, Billy Porter, Kesha, and Marylin Manson donating all the profits to True Colors United.
According to Billboard, founder of The High Note Global Initiative David Clark said:
“We are delighted to recognise and honour Cyndi Lauper as the 2019 High Note Global Prize Laureate.
For decades she has promoted human rights, been a voice and active participant for change, and inspired people around the world to be tolerant and true to themselves.
“She is most deserving of this award, and we look forward to celebrating her achievements during our inaugural High Note Global Prize award ceremony.”
Before the 2016 US election, Lauper said of Trump,
“The things that he says are appalling to me and shocking… That guy is selling inflammatory things that I have never in my whole entire life heard – except, you know, Hitler.”
She later went on a gay bar crawl with Debra Messing in support of Hillary Clinton.
(Photo, Avalon; via Pink News)